August 22 2014

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Nicole Phelps

As the Executive Editor of, Nicole Phelps reports on fashion shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining the company in 2004, she served as Fashion News Editor of Elle magazine. In that position, she traveled on assignment to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and Kuwait. Prior to Elle, Phelps began her career at W and Women's Wear Daily. Phelps is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Julie de Libran Is Finally Ready to Be the Face of a Brand


Julie de Libran is the new woman at Sonia Rykiel. The French house grew to fame in the seventies for its chic striped knits and little crepe dresses, but successive designers have failed to recapture the gamine charm of its legendary founder, who stepped down several years ago. With her recent experience at Louis Vuitton, […]

Nili Lotan’s Inspiring New Shop


I first fell for Nili Lotan when I came across a navy ribbed sweater she designed, its weight and fit a perfect mix of chunky and snug. Other fans are attracted to her easy silk halter dress; at $495, it’s her best seller at Barneys. Still more love the Israeli-American designer’s army fatigues. Lotan has […]

Christopher Kane on the Agony and the Thrill of Being a Designer and How It’s Changed His Life


Christopher Kane was drinking green juice at the Carlyle last Tuesday. The designer was Natalie Massenet’s date at the Met Gala the night before and at the Top of the Standard and Up & Down after-parties that followed it. In the eight years since his award-winning graduate Central Saint Martins collection (newsflash, ladies: Those neon-hued […]

Exclusive Preview: Balenciaga China Edition


Fresh off a trip to Tokyo, where Balenciaga opened its first flagship store in the city’s Aoyama District, Alexander Wang is headed to Beijing this week. The house is staging a multipronged brand-building event there on Friday. Burberry and Michael Kors have put on their own extravaganzas on the mainland in the last few weeks. […]

Saying Goodbye to L’Wren Scott


I found the designer L’Wren Scott almost impossibly glamorous during our encounters, her perfectionism encompassing not only her imposing 6’3″ appearance, but also her surroundings. There were the famous chicken potpies at her intimate luncheon fashion shows and the bouquets of deep red roses she sent with her handwritten thank-you notes. Beyond those things, which […]